The Glass Room Special Edition
In the Loop is our monthly newsletter, sharing our own news as well as some of the stories we've tweeted in the last month.
Tactical Tech releases, events, and press
We are very excited to announce the launch of The Glass Room in New York City on 29 November 2016. If you are based in NYC or are in town during the pre-holiday period, please drop by our pop-up store in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood.
The Glass Room is free and open to the public. Stop by to explore the collection of artworks, objects, projects and experiences, or join a free, hands-on workshop or one of our special events.
Located at 201 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012, The Glass Room will open seven days a week, 12 pm – 8 pm, from November 29th , 2016 to December 14th , 2016.
Find out more about The Glass Room here.
After it’s first impactful appearance in Berlin at the major Nervous Systems exhibition, The White Room is reemerging as The Glass Room in New York City, presented by Mozilla and Tactical Tech. With The Glass Room we want to open a discussion on the political dimension of our data society and foster a broader discussion on how data and technology is changing the personal, professional and social fabric of all our lives.
Here you can explore how new technologies are shaping and changing our lives and societies. You can discover what data is collected on you and why. And, you can find out more about what choices you can make.
New Technologies & Cyber Security: The Future Of Human Rights In The Information & Technology Space – 1 December
Following an interactive conversation with Sarah Labowitz and Michael Posner, participants will walk away with a greater understanding of the complexity of the human rights issues in the ICT space. More info and registration here.
The Glass Strands Behind The Glass Room: A Guide To Network Infrastructure – 2 December
Artist and writer Ingrid Burrington will introduce participants to the world of cables, antennae, and easily overlooked architectures that make our data-driven, networked world possible. More info and registration here.
New York Data Science Presents: The Challenges Faced In The Power & Building Infrastructure – 5 December
Join this meet-up group featuring a talk by the Principal of Smith Engineering, who pecializes in delivering data-driven solutions for central plant optimization. Join us for a lively discussion on what challenges this industry is facing and how the team leverages data science and machine learning to make market predictions. More info and registration here.
Teacher & Writers Collaborative Holiday Reading – 8 December
Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) partners with New York City schools and community based organizations, to offer dynamic creative writing programs led by professional writers. More info and registration here.
How To Lie With Analytics – 11 December
Data analytics are such a basic part of business and politics that it's almost impossible to imagine a time when it didn't exist. Through a talk and a tour of The Glass Room this event will look at how data can be visualised and represented in the future. More info and registration here.
PEACEapp Workshop – 13 December
PEACEapp is a global competition to promote digital games and gamified apps as venues for cultural dialogue and conflict management.This workshop will use Scratch as an educational tool for intercultural and peace education. More info and registration here.
Factory Berlin Magazin sat down with Tactical Tech to talk about our digital footprint and what we can do about it. Check out the interview with Steph and Marek here.
Stories we've found interesting in the past month
Firefox Focus offers a browser with no cookies, no ad trackers, no analytics trackers and no social trackers along with a one-click erase button.
In just 36 hours students Anant Goel, Nabanita De, Qinglin Chen and Mark Craft came up with a way to combat fake news on Facebook. They have created a Chrome browser extension that tags links in Facebook feeds as verified or not verified by taking into account factors such as the source’s credibility and cross-checking the content with other news stories.
German television channel NDR has uncovered a series of privacy breaches by Wed Of Trust (WOT), a website reputation and review service browser add-on. Not only has WOT been collecting extensive data about their users web browsing habits and selling it to third party companies, but WOT did not properly anonymise the data which makes it easy to expose users real identities.
Obama has said he "can't pardon somebody who hasn't gone before a court and presented themselves". As Arstechnica highlights, a number of historical pardons have been issued without going through the courts.
Jared Keller interviews Melissa Zimdars, the author of "fake, false, regularly misleading and/or otherwise questionable 'news' organizations" about her motivations for creating the list and her tips for improving our media literacy.
Germany's Justice Minister says he believes Facebook Inc. should be treated like a media company rather than a technology platform, suggesting he favours moves to make social media groups liable for failing to remove hate speech.
Left unchecked, the growing maze of barriers on the internet will damage economies and hamper political freedom.
A film by artist Josh Begley with satellite eye view of the US-Mexico border with 200,000 close-up scenes from Google Maps. (Fusion)
A visual report from HRW of 140 prominent Bahrani, Kuwaiti, Omani, Qatari, Saudi, and Emirati social and political rights activists and dissidents, and their struggles to resist government efforts to silence them. (HRW)
Second episode of Share Lab's visual and thorough investigation into Facebook algorithms and how they work.